Road trips without air conditioning, collapsing folding beds, Paddle pop sticks stuffed down the back seat of the car, minor injuries from tripping over a guy rope, variety packs of cereal, sunburn on sunburn, a banana lounge for a bed in an annexe, Chinese restaurants in country town, a room key and a carton of milk.
Marine and Harbours Building, Port Adelaide – 1978
In 1966, the Department of Marine and Harbours (DMH) was established to oversee the workings at Port Adelaide. The DMH relocated when the Marine and Harbours building was constructed in 1978 as its new headquarters, bringing together staff from three separate locations. Located in the commercial centre of the port, the building was the focal point for port and marine authority matters. The modern accommodation was intended to facilitate conference with port users, reflecting the department’s emphasis on its role as a commercial enterprise.
The building closed and has been empty since 1996. In last few years, the Marine and Harbour building has been used occasionally by South Australian StarForce defence team for training exercises.
Starfish Developments gained development approval to renovate and repurpose the derelict Marine and Harbours building as a boutique hotel. Starfish will be retaining some of the key architectural and design elements to create a strong warehouse look and feel, with respect to the Brutalist theme of exposed concrete and utilitarian styling which became popular in the 1970s.
Elements remaining will include :
- External board form concrete
- External wall art should structural works allow so
- Timber ceiling and large can lights in the hotel lobby on ground floor
- Retro numbering above lift doors on all levels
- High ceilings with exposed services to underside of slabs in hotel suites